Solutions-focused Storytelling

Cure Firearm Violence

Firearm violence is a public health epidemic. It kills more people before the age of 65 than diabetes, stroke and liver disease combined.

Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention

Four-step violence prevention outline from the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention & the World Health Organization

Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention

Firearm violence isn’t a new problem in the United States, but according to a May 2022 report from the Giffords Law Center, its rates have “skyrocketed” since 2020. More than 45,000 Americans died from firearm violence that year and countless others were injured. In years since, these record numbers remain high, leading some who study the spread of this destruction to label firearm violence as an epidemic.

So, the question is: How do we cure the firearm violence epidemic in our country?

Public health officials have an idea. As researchers and scientists, their role is to prevent premature death and promote population health. They do this by applying a four-step process of defining the problem, identifying the root causes, developing and implementing solutions, and facilitating the adoption of those solutions.

When applied to firearm violence, this approach has the potential to identify prevention strategies that can reduce its spread in communities across the U.S.

Telling Stories that Matter

This website – created by Senior students in Cabrini University’s Communication Department – explores several strategies to cure firearm violence.
It does so through a social justice lens to spark important conversations about the complexity of this epidemic.   

2022 Fall Group
Fall 2022 Senior Convergence Students
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Spring 2023 Senior Convergence Students

Firearm Violence by the Numbers

There are many different forms of firearm violence in the United States. They affect scores of people every year.


See the numbers below from The Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Prevention report published by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

Firearm Suicide


Americans die from firearm suicide each year
Firearm Homicide


Americans die from firearm homicide each year
Domestic Violence


Women have been shot - or shot at - by an intimate partner
Police-Involved Shootings


Americans are shot and killed by police each year
Unintentional Shootings


Americans die from unintentional firearm injuries each year
Non-fatal Firearm Injuries


Americans experience non-fatal firearm injuries each year